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A big warm hug and welcome to many new subscribers this week and many treasured and cherished members of the Sacred Women’s Business community. Your life matters, your business matters and you have a unique gift and an important legacy to give.
This week, I decided to delve into the mysteriously prevalent Tall Poppy Syndrome and how it affects women in business especially here Down Under. Tall Poppy Syndrome is a term used to describe what happens when poppies grow taller than their neighbours. They get cut down. In Oz, this phenomenon applies when someone attempts to rise in their lives or business and they’re immediately cut down with criticism or judgement because their changing stature threatens the status quo.
On a personal note, I have so many memories of my happy childhood in Australia. I had a pet budgerigar called Bluebell, some awesome Barbie Dolls, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and a pair of roller skates. What more could a girl want? I loved being me so much. I remember sipping lemonade at our neighbour’s barbecue and feeling like I was the luckiest girl alive to be me and that I was in the middle of the best day of my life.
I loved doing handstands and then walking on my hands.
I loved writing poetry.
I loved dreaming of the stories I would write.
I loved being Head Girl in my final year at Deanmore Primary School. From the moment I had entered primary school I wanted to be Head Girl.
Words with vague and not so vague meanings were bandied around the playground and started the slow, steady sense of unease… It was a sense of unease that it wasn’t ok to be me.
‘You love yourself,’
‘You think you’re god’s gift’,
‘You’re a show-off’
‘You’ve got a big head’
‘You’re a sell out’
‘And my favourite-
‘You’re too big for your boots’
This week I recorded something to support you when you feel like you’ve been subjected to Tall Poppy Syndrome and how I’ve dealt with it in my own life.
Enjoy the recording!
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